Finding Neverland is an amusing drama about how the story of Peter Pan and Neverland came to be. During a writing slump play writer J.M. Barrie meets the widowed Sylvia and her three children who soon become an important part of Barrie’s life and the inspiration that lead him to create his masterpiece “Peter Pan.”
|Release Date||:||October 17, 2004|
|Production Company||:||Miramax Films, Film Colony|
|Production Countries||:||United Kingdom, United States of America|
|Writers||:||David Magee, Allan Knee, Allan Knee|
|Casts||:||Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman, Freddie Highmore, Radha Mitchell, Kate Maberly, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud, Luke Spill, Ian Hart, Kelly Macdonald, Tim Potter, Toby Jones, Angus Barnett, Mackenzie Crook, Rosie Ede, Tobias Menzies|
|Plot Keywords||:||london, scotland, parents kids relationship, becoming an adult, fantasy, mother role, childhood memory, success, widow, theatre play, stroke of fate, costume, peter pan, theatre group, adventure, loss of husband, marriage crisis, theatre milieu, friendship, faith, single, mother daughter relationship, author, pirate, fantastic, illness, spectacle, child|
I always tell my students that they can't claim a movie they just saw as their favorite movie ever because it has yet to stand the test of time. Every now and then a movie comes along that defies that rule for me -- a movie that as soon as I finish seeing it I know that it is an instant classic, if not "my favorite movie ever." American Beauty was such a movie.
Finding Neverland is such a movie. Every minute of this movie was simply incredible -- I felt like the kids in the theater on the opening night of Peter Pan. Johnny Depp is absolutely astounding, as he usually is, as JM Barrie. The rest of the adult cast doesn't quite come up to his level, but are uniformly strong. The kids, especially Peter and Michael, are wonderful. Maybe I just love the British accent, but one of my favorite scenes comes very early when Barrie meets Michael in the park -- Michael's accent reminded me so much of the kid in The Little Prince!
What raises this movie above standard fare, though, are the clever entries into Barrie's imagination. The magical moments in this movie seem to literally jump off the screen. Without a doubt, a film worthy of Oscar nominations for Depp, screenplay adaptation, cinematography (the pirate ship scene is gorgeous), and best movie of the year. Treat yourself - despite the PG rating, this is NOT a movie just for kids -- believe... 10/10